Wow. It’s been a long, interesting year for me and I am not sad to see it go. As far as beauty products are concerned, it’s been a good year. YSL’s Glossy Stains and Estee Lauder’s blushes are gems in a shiny box; Urban Decay reformulated shadows were much appreciated. I don’t blog about every beauty product I try (although that may change for 2013). I like to use my annual roundup to briefly discuss some of the other great things I’ve come across…some were new in 2012, while others were just new to me.
Maybelline 24HR Color Tattoo Cream Shadow
When looking over my old posts, I was surprised that I didn’t blog about these. By the time I purchased them, they had been out a while and were ‘old news’ among beauty lovers. These wonderful potted cream shadows are true to color, pigmented, lasts all day (though 24 hours is a stretch) and do not crease. My favorite is the bronze shade, which is great as a wash of color and the bright orange as it is a matte finish and is a great base for peach shadows. The purple shade is the weakest of the ones I’ve tried as it is a bit patchy. The quality of drugstore products have really improved over the past couple of years and these shadows are definitely leading the pack. On your next trip to your local Walgreen’s, CVS, Target or Walmart, don’t walk out without picking one of these up ($5-7). Swatches can be found in The Swatch Bin. ***Look out for five new Metal shades coming soon.
Clinique Chubby Stick
I love a good lip balm. No, scratch that. I NEED a good lip balm. Since I was a kid, I had been putting some kind of mineral oil/petrolatum-based (aka Vaseline) balm on my lips that single-handedly destroyed my lips natural ability to moisturize itself. So, I’m always intrigued when I come across a balm that do not contain this skin peeling ingredient and Clinique’s Chubby Stick Lip Colour Balm is on one of them. I only have one of these and I always have to resist the urge to buy more when I walk past a Clinique counter ($16). They really are moisturizing. The pigmentation of the product depends on the shade you get. Even on my dark lips, this chocolate shade shows up nicely.
Make Up For Ever Lip Line Perfector
One beauty product I have not delved into (other than lashes) are lip liners. I don’t have a lot of time in the morning to apply my makeup at home and I always have to finish it on my train ride to work. The last thing I have time for is to find a matching lip liner to go with my lipstick. When I discovered this product at Sephora ($18), I knew I had met my new best friend. It is a clear liner that you apply on the outside of your natural lip line to keep colors from bleeding. I have some bold, creamy/glossy shades that tend to pack their bags and travel past my lip line, but not when I use this liner. Now, if you feel the need to have a sharpened point for every use, you won’t be too happy with this product. If you’re not too particular, give this a try.
theBalm Eye Shadow
theBalm makes buttery soft, blendable and pigmented shadows…from their shimmers to their mattes. They sell individual shadows, but they make great palettes. This year I bought several of their palettes and find myself grabbing for them often. I am very picky with palettes because of my skin tone. The pigmentation has to be great with a good color range. Pictured is Nude’tude, Meet Matte and Shady Lady Volume 1 & 2. The Nude’tude palette is my favorite as it is the most complete. It has a highlighter, lid shades and matte crease shades. There is a black in this palette that is pigmented enough to use as a liner. I do find some of their shades repeat throughout the palettes and/or a very similar shade will be in multiple palettes. You can buy theBalm from their website, Amazon and Nordstrom; prices range from $34-$39. The best part about theBalm is you can find them at a deep discount. I purchased mine from Hautelook.com at 50% off, which is a steal. You can find some great things on Hautelook, but it’s best to sign up to get their emails to know what they’re selling. Swatches can be found on The Swatch Bin. ***theBalm has a new matte palette coming out in January.
Perfect Red Lip
It took years for me to get comfortable with wearing a bold red lip. I started out slow with glosses; then moved to bright berry shades and dark reds. The ‘perfect’ shade of red depends on your skin tone and undertone. This holiday season, I was on the hunt for a nice, bold red lip and these two are my favorites. Estee Lauder Pure Color in Forbidden Apple (Macy’s or Nordstrom, $25) and Nars Semi Matte Lipstick in Red Lizard (Sephora or Nars Counter, $24). Forbidden Apple is a creamy, darkened cherry red with red shimmer. The color lasts for several hours, but the shimmer keeps going. Estee Lauder lip products have a fig scent. Red Lizard is full-bodied, true red that is perfect for women of color. The finish is matte, but creamy, doesn’t dry out my lips and lasts for over four hours, including eating and leaves a nice stain behind. It has a light, orange-y scent.
This seemed to be the year of the lip lacquer. Liquid lipsticks have been quite popular with many makeup lines releasing their own version. Drugstore brands such as L’Oreal, Revlon and Maybelline have liquid lipsticks as well as mid-end to high-end brands. I know I’ve got a good one when the product is a little scary when I first put it on. As they are intensely pigmented (supposed to be anyway) and I sometimes put on way too much product. Shiseido Lacquer Rouge ($25) is a rich liquid lipstick that stays a bit creamy with a slight shine. Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro ($32) dries down to a semi-matte finish, but doesn’t dry out my lips. The two I have are very rich shades and look completely awesome when worn together. The price tag of Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait Lip Color ($48) should make the normal person faint. I certainly did. I purchased this during a Sephora 20% off sale, so that helped…a little. This formula dried down to a matte finish and it feels like I don’t have anything on. It lasts for hours and hours, which it better considering the price.